Mzuzu based Nkholongo Honey Cooperative posted about K2.5 million in profits last year after selling 700kgs of honey. The 35 member group has since constructed a modern factory which will enable the cooperative to get a pre-certificate from the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) for their product.
In an interview, the cooperatives chairman Daniel Nyirongo said they are convinced that by next year their products will be selling in local supermarkets across the country. “Our group is working hard and so far this year we have harvested over 250 kilograms of honey. Come next year we want our products to be available in local supermarkets throughout the country,” he said.
He further said that the profits from last year’s profit have managed to buy land, mold bricks and constructed the factory as demanded by MBS. A member of the group, Charity Sinyangwe said despite maiking profit they also face challenges especially when transporting honey.
“We are facing challenges in transportation of the honey; we need help in transport so that it can be easier for us,” she said.
Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees and some related insects. Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants or other insects through regurgitation, enzymatic activity, and water evaporation.
Some Beneficial Uses for Honey
Honey is abundant with glycogen which is ideal for that energy boost you need from time to time.
Honey has been reported to be beneficial in helping to heal burns without major side effects like in the use of certain oral antibiotics.
Honey is also said to be rich in anti-oxidant compunds that have an effect of lowering blood pressure in humans